The conference will kick off with a FIELD TRIP on Monday to view Non-Structural Shoreline Stabilization Alternatives and the Chatham Breach on Cape Cod. Tuesday and Wednesday will feature dozens of PRESENTATIONS organized into thirteen sessions. The title of each paper being presented appears below in quotation marks, followed by the authors’ names in italics. Note: Due to the high number of excellent submittals, some presentations will be concurrent. The keynote address on Tuesday morning will be made by Dr. James Houston, Director of the U.S. Army Engineer Research & Development Center. Hydrologist David Vallee of the National Weather Service will be the featured speaker at the conference dinner on Tuesday evening.
This document shows the proposed schedule, with sessions arranged by date and time; the same information appears below. Due to the large number of excellent submittals, there will be concurrent sessions in two rooms on Tuesday & Wednesday afternoons. *The presentations are definite, but the scheduling arrangement is subject to change.
Dr. Houston is Director of the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC), which includes all the research and development laboratories of the Corps of Engineers. He manages one of the most diverse research organizations in the world – seven laboratories at four geographical sites, with over 2,000 employees and an annual program of $1.3 billion. Dr. Houston has published over 130 technical reports and papers and has received several honors and awards including three Presidential Rank Awards; the National Beach Advocacy Award; and the Morrough P. O’Brien Award of the American Shore and Beach Preservation Association.
The topic of Dr. Houston's Keynote Address will be "The Economic Value of Beaches" Abstract: Travel and tourism is America's largest industry, employer, and earner of foreign exchange; and beaches are the largest factor in travel and tourism. Beaches receive more tourist visits than combined visits to all Federal and state parks, recreational areas, and public lands. The Federal government receives the lion share of taxes from beach tourist spending, and these taxes are far greater than Federal expenditures on beach infrastructure such as beach nourishment. The Miami Beach nourishment project is an example of the national economic return of beach nourishment. The project completely rejuvenated Miami Beach and led to large increases in tourists. Today, overnight tourists alone at Miami Beach spend $500 annually for every $1 spent on the capitalized cost of the Miami Beach nourishment project. Annual federal tax revenues from these tourists exceed the annual capitalized cost of the nourishment. Foreign competitors for international tourism spend far more than the United States in advertising and protecting and restoring beaches. However, despite the clear importance of travel and tourism to the national economy, the United States has not acted to counter this competition, and its dominant lead in international tourism eroded in the from the early 1990’s to today, and is projected to continue declining over the next decade.
Contact Information: James. R. Houston Director, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center 3909 Halls Ferry Road ·Vicksburg, Mississippi 39180 (601) 634-2000 ·
Dr. Houston's keynote address will be on Tuesday morning.
Cape CodField Trip -Monday September 21, 2009 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Non-Structural Shoreline Stabilization Alternatives and the Chatham Breach
F U L L - S O R R Y !!
In many areas, coastal engineering structures for shore protection are not permittable under current state or local regulations because of their adverse effects on coastal processes. A range of alternative techniques that have minimal adverse affects have been permitted and implemented along the coast. By bus, participants will visit several sites on Cape Cod in the communities of Chatham and Orleans, where erosion control plantings and coconut fiber products have been used to stabilize eroding areas and increase protection to buildings and/or infrastructure. The specifics of each installation vary depending on the source of the erosion problem as well as the exposure to waves, storm surge and currents. The consultants who worked on each site will provide an overview of the site conditions, techniques employed, monitoring and maintenance, and answer questions. Local officials involved in permitting will also be on hand to provide insight regarding the any permitting issues or questions.
NausetBeach is an elongated barrier spit extending southward from the Orleans mainland and provides sheltering to the Chatham mainland from the open ocean. A quasi-cyclic pattern of barrier beach evolution and tidal inlet formation has been documented for the southern portions of Nauset Beach. Previous studies have identified an approximate 150-year time scale of barrier spit elongation, breaching and new inlet formation. A new cycle was thought to have been initiated following a coastal storm in January 1987 when a breach in Nauset Beach quickly developed into a new deep-water inlet directly opposite the Chatham Lighthouse. However, another breach occurred approximately three (3) km. north of the 1987 inlet during a strong extratropical nor’easter in April 2007. While not historically unprecedented, this second breach was not anticipated and was initially expected to close. However, the new inlet continued to develop and is beginning to compete with the 1987 inlet for dominance of the tidal exchange of the estuary. Given the more proximate location of the new inlet to Pleasant Bay, it is assumed that the new inlet will ultimately become the primary inlet for the system. The Coastal Resources Director for the Town of Chatham and Coastal Geologist for the Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies will provide an overview of the history and dynamic changes to the Nauset Barrier Beach system and it’s dramatic effects on the mainland. Cape Cod Field Trip -Monday September 21, 2009 - 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Cost: $25 includes transportation and lunch Participants: Maximum 20 F U L L - S O R R Y ! Note: Bus will depart from and return to Woods Hole Questions? Contact Rebecca Haney at
Dinner Meeting Speaker: DAVID VALLEE
David Vallee is the Hydrologist-in-Charge of the National Weather Service’s Northeast River Forecast Center. The center provides detailed water resource forecasting information to weather service offices and other collaborative agencies throughout the Northeast and New York. Prior to becoming the Hydrologist-in-Charge, David served as Science and Operations Officer, and Hurricane Program Leader at the NWS Weather Forecast Office, in Taunton, MA from 2001 through 2006, and as Senior Service Hydrologist from 1993 through 2000. David has extensive experience leading hydrometeorological forecast and warning operations and directing weather research and training programs. He has conducted research on a variety of topics including flooding, severe weather forecasting and radar detection, orographically enhanced heavy rainfall in southern New England, coastal flood climatology and the behavior and characteristics of New England Tropical Cyclones. David has served as the NWS lead investigator with the State University of New York, at Albany, on a multi-year project addressing Land Falling Tropical Cyclones in the Northeastern United States. This multi-faceted project is aimed at improving the forecasting of heavy precipitation associated with these land falling tropical cyclones, as well as developing a better understanding the mechanisms which lead to the recurvature and rapid acceleration of tropical cyclones as they approach the Northeast.
David is a graduate of Lyndon State College. He is a life long resident of the Rhode Island, now living in the northeast part of Cumberland, with his wife and two sets of twins! He considers it a tremendous privilege to be serving the people of the very region he calls home.
The topic of Mr. Vallee's presentation will be “The Realities of Hurricanes in New England”
Abstract: Hurricanes affecting the Northeast United States are considered low frequency but tremendously high impact events. The region is fortunate in one sense: we do understand the behavior of these systems as they race toward us. We must use that understanding to our advantage in continuing efforts to make our communities as resilient and best prepared as possible. David’s presentation will examine the behavior of these devastating tropical cyclones and will address aspects of the associated heavy rainfall and riverine flooding, high winds, and storm surge and coastal flooding.
David R. Vallee
NOAA/NWS Northeast River Forecast Center
445 Myles Standish Blvd.
Taunton, MA 02780
(508) 824-5116 ∙
The dinner meeting on Tuesday evening will be at the Flying Bridge Restaurant at 220 Scranton Road, Falmouth, MA 02540.
NORTHEAST BEACHES CONFERENCE PROGRAM
Monday, 21 September 2009
Cape Cod Field Trip: Non-Structural Shoreline Stabilization Alternatives and the Chatham Breach
Monday Evening:Ice Breaker at WHOI Quissett Campus
Clark Laboratory, 5th floor, in the exhibit hall
Tuesday, 22 September 2009
8:15 a.m. - Keynote Session Welcome:Dr. Judith E. McDowell, Director of Woods Hole Sea Grant Opening Remarks:Douglas Gaffney, President of NSBPA
Keynote Address: “The Economic Value of Beaches” - Dr. James R Houston
Director, U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center
9:00 a.m. - Session A(chair: Robert Hamilton)
Sea Level Rise and Climate Change - Future Challenges and Risks to Coastal Systems
·“Sea-level Rise and Coastal Change: Implications for the Future” S. Jeffress Williams, Benjamin T. Gutierrez & E. Robert Thieler ·“Evaluating the Potential for Sea-level Rise Impacts Using a Probabilistic Framework” Benjamin Gutierrez, Nathaniel Plant, E. Robert Thieler, S. Jeffress Williams, Donald R. Cahoon, Dean Gesch, Glenn Guntenspergen & John Masterson ·“Reconstructions of Relative Sea-level Variations over the Last Two Millennia, North Carolina, USA“ Andrew Kemp & Benjamin P. Horton ·“Visualization of Storm Surge And Sea-Level Rise Utilizing LIDAR - Support for Freeboard Across Coastal Floodplains” Julia Knisel & Kelly Knee
·“USACE National Coastal Mapping Program: Recent and Planned Survey Activities for the Northeastern U.S.” Charlene Sullivan ·“Regional Shoreline Change Rates Along the U.S. Northeast Coast: Development of a USGS National Coastal Change Database” Cheryl Hapke, Emily Himmelstoss, E. Robert Thieler, Meredith Kratzmann & Jeff List ·“Reformatting LIDAR data for Engineering Applications on Fire Island, NY” William Robertson, W. Keehn, C.W. Finkl & K. Zhang ·“A Spatial and Temporal Assessment of Change at Fire Island, New York: Impacts of Human Modifications and Severe Storms from 1998 – 2008” Erika Lentz & Cheryl Hapke
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. - Lunch Break
Tuesday Afternoon - Concurrent Session – Room 1
1:00 p.m. - Session C - Room 1 (chair: S. Jeffress Williams) Corps of Engineers’ Regional Sediment Management Studies
·“The USACE Regional Sediment Management (RSM) Program” Jeffrey Waters ·“Rhode Island Regional Sediment Management Study” John Winkelman & Irene Watts ·“The Long Island Coastal Planning Project: Institutionalizing Regional Sediment Management” Lynn Bocamazo ·“Alternative Nourishment Strategies for the New Jersey Atlantic Coastline: An Effort to Reduce Costs and Use of Sand Resources” J. Bailey Smith
2:20 p.m. - Session D - Room 1 (chair: Christine Odiaga) Shore Protection Needs vs. Environmental Protection: An Example Restoration Program at Winthrop Beach, MA
·“Shore Protection Needs vs. Environmental Protection: Project Development and Agency Coordination” Joseph Orfant ·“Shore Protection Needs vs. Environmental Protection: Overview of Alternatives Analysis” John Burckardt ·“Shore Protection Needs vs. Environmental Protection: Environmental Permitting and Mitigation Strategies” John Ramsey
3:20 p.m. Break
3:40 p.m. - Session E - Room 1 (chair: Theodore Keon) Coastal Hazards and Coastal Zone Management
·“Coastal Water Resources: No Time for Business as Usual” Howard Marlowe ·“The Massachusetts Ocean Management Program” John Weber ·“Sedimentary Framework Evaluation of the New Jersey Bay Waters: Monmouth, Ocean, Atlantic/Burlington and Cape May Counties” Kimberly McKenna, Stewart C. Farrell, Daniel A. Barone, Crist Robine, Robert Koch, Marcus H. Grumer, Douglass Gaffney, Matthew Dalon, Edward Goreleski & Mark J. Mihalasky ·“Regional-Scale Beach-Dune Susceptibility Assessment and Comparative Analysis of Beach Replenishment Projects Relating to Storm Impacts: Harvey Cedars, New Jersey” Daniel Barone, Stewart C. Farrell, Robert Koch, Marcus H. Gruver & Mark J. Mihalasky
5:00 p.m. - End of Room 1 First Day Sessions
Tuesday Afternoon - Concurrent Session – Room 2
1:00 p.m. - Session F - Room 2 (chair: Douglas Gaffney) Coastal Project Design and Construction
·“Plum Island Shoreline Protection and Management: A Review of Current Design and Construction Initiatives” David Vine & David Lager ·“Menauhant Beach and Dune Nourishment” M. Leslie Fields ·“2009 Fire Island Beach Nourishment: Permitting Through Construction for a Highly Complex Project” Stephen Keehn, Nicole Sharp, Charlie Finkl & William Roberson ·“Sediment Budget Analysis: Culloden Point to Shagwong Point, Lake Montauk, NY” Mark Byrnes ·“’Designing the Edge’ – Alternative Designs for Urban Shorelines” Marcha Johnson & Thomas Herrington ·“Innovative Shore Protection, Sacred Falls Hawaii” Stanley Boc ·“Soft vs. Hard Erosion Control Methods” Oskar Klenert
Assessing and Managing Coastal Hazards in Massachusetts
·“Preparing for the Storm: Tools for Managing Coastal Hazards in Massachusetts” Rebecca Haney ·“Inventory and Condition Assessment of Public Coastal Structures in Massachusetts” Ron Bourne ·“Maintaining Coastal Infrastructure in Massachusetts: Approaches for Shoreline Management” John Ramsey ·“Tidal Prism Reduction, Backbarrier Infilling, and Inlet Closure: The Formation of The Plum Island, MA Barrier System in Response to Slow Sea Level Rise” Christopher Hein, Duncan Fitzgerald, Emily A. Carruthers & Byron D. Stone
5:00 p.m. End of First Day Presentations – Room 2
DINNER: Flying Bridge Restaurant
David R. Vallee Hydrologist-in-Charge,National Weather Service “The Realities of Hurricanes in New England”
Wednesday, 23 September 2009
9:00 a.m. - Session H(chair: Robert Sorensen) New Inlet Formation, Chatham, MA
·“Early Assessment of the Development of a Two Inlet System, Cape Cod, MA” Theodore Keon ·“Changes to Hydrodynamic and Circulation Characteristics of Pleasant Bay Resulting from the 2007 Breach of Nauset Beach” Sean Kelley ·“The Formation and Evolution of a New Breach at Chatham, MA: Implications for Regional Sediment and Navigation Management in a Multiple Inlet System” Donald Stauble, Theodore Keon & William M. Kavanaugh ·“Observations of a Pre-migration Phase in a Natural Tidal Inlet Migration "Cycle" Graham Giese, Mark B. Adams, Theodore Keon & Stephen T. Mague
10:20 a.m. - Break
10:40 a.m. - Session I(chair: Thomas Herrington) AlternativeShoreProtection Methods
·“Soft Engineering Solutions for Bank Stabilization: Do They Exist?” Lee Weishar & Peter Markunas ·“Stabilization of Coastal Banks and Dunes using Soft Engineering Techniques” Michael Marcus ·“Understanding the Ecology of Bioengineering: The Importance of Restoring Maritime Plant Communities and Eradicating Invasive Plants to Stabilize Coastal Landforms” Seth Wilkinson ·“Vegetated Reinforced Slope System: An Innovative Slope Reconstruction Case Study” Bryan Jones, Robbin B. Sotir, & David R. Carchedi
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Lunch Break Film:"Portrait of a Coast: 21st Century, The Survival of America's Shores" Boston Visuals, 2009
·“New Jersey Living Shoreline Initiative” William Shadel ·“Salt Marsh Restoration at High Pines, Duxbury Beach, Massachusetts: Beneficial Use of Dredged Material to Restore Eroding Salt Marsh” Lester B.Smith, Mark Rits & Christine Vaccaro ·“Development of a Spartina Alterniflora Salt Marsh at Holt's Landing State Park, Delaware” J. Richard Weggel & Michael Fasnacht ·“A Design Approach for the Restoration of a Small Chesapeake Bay Tidal Creek” A.Houck, B. Soublet, J.M. King, E. Abercrombie, D.W. Fredricksson & L.Wallendorf
·“Governmental Land Use Regulation of Flood Plains and Regulatory Takings” Bruce Gilmore ·“StormSmart Coasts: Taking Action at the Local Level” Daniella Hirschfeld ·“StormSmart Coasts: Bringing No Adverse Impacts to the Local Level” Edward Thomas
3:40 p.m. – End of Second Day Presentations – Room 1
Wednesday Afternoon - Concurrent Session - Room 2
1:00 p.m. - Session L - Room 2 (chair: John Ramsey) Beach Nourishment
·“Use of Sand from Federal Waters: Recent Policy Changes and Activities” Roger Amato, Colleen Finnegan, Geoffrey Wikel & Brad Blythe ·“Beach Nourishment in New Jersey and the Effectiveness of Shoreline Monitoring over 23 Years” Stewart Farrell, Steven Hafner, Steven Howard, Brad Smith & Crist Robine ·“Concept, Design & Construction of a Multipurpose Feeder Beach Feature as Part of a Storm Damage Prevention Project, Long Beach, NJ” Lynn Bocamazo ·“Assessment of Alternative Beachfill Placement on Surfing Resources” Thomas Herrington, Jon K. Miller & Alicia M. Mahon
2:20 p.m. Break
2:40 p.m. - Session M - Room 2 (chair: Stewart Farrell) Beneficial Use of Dredged Material
·“Innovative Applications for Shoreline Restoration and Erosion Control” Nicholas DeGennaro ·“EIR Preparation for Sengekontacket Pond, Beach Nourishment Engineering Analysis/Design, Edgartown, MA” Tara P Marden
3:20 p.m. - End of Second Day Presentations – Room 2
E N D O F C O N F E R E N C E
MEMBERS in good standing of the American Shore & Beach Preservation Association (including NSBPA and other chapters) and of the International Erosion Control Association (Northeast and other chapters) can register for Presentations at a discounted rate. NOTE: the Member discount is not applicable to field trips or the conference dinner.
There is a seriously-discounted rate for FULL-TIME STUDENTS. NOTE: Student discount is not applicable to field trips or the conference dinner.